LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators pelted the infamous Rampart police station with eggs, rocks and broken bottles on Tuesday night despite pleas for from the city’s top cop.

Police Chief Charlie Beck’s call for calm went unheeded after promising to thoroughly investigate an officer’s fatal shooting of a Guatemalan immigrant wielding a knife.

KNX 1070’s John Baird Reports Protesters, Police Clash For 2nd Straight Night

Police reported 22 arrests late Tuesday, mainly for failure to disperse and unlawful assembly, Officer Karen Rayner said. Officers fired at least two volleys of nonlethal foam projectiles at
demonstrators, she said. No injuries to officers or civilians were reported.

At a late-afternoon news conference, Beck said only 40 seconds went by between the time officers made contact with Manuel Jamines on Sunday and the moment an officer shot him twice.

The shooting prompted demonstrations Monday near MacArthur Park, a densely packed neighborhood west of downtown populated with recent immigrants from Central America. Four people were arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor inciting a riot, and others threw rocks and bottles at police, slightly injuring three officers, Officer Bruce Borihanh said.

The protest gained steam again Tuesday night, when about 300 people took their complaints to the Rampart police station near downtown Los Angeles, about two blocks from where Jamines died, said Lt. Andrew Neiman.

A citywide tactical alert was called to free up more officers to respond to the area, Rayner said.

Beck said the incident involving Jamines started when someone flagged down three bicycle officers to tell them a man was threatening people with a knife.

The officers approached the suspect and told him in Spanish and English to put down the knife. Instead, Jamines raised the knife above his head and lunged at Officer Frank Hernandez, a 13-year veteran of the department, Beck said.

Eyewitness accounts from six civilians, nine police personnel and two fire department staff indicate Hernandez fired twice “in immediate defense of life,” Beck said. Jamines, 37, died at the scene.

Investigators recovered a bloody, 6-inch knife at the scene but didn’t know where the blood came from.

“This was a very brief moment in time, just 40 seconds between first contact and the time of the shooting,” Beck said. “He rushed the officers with a knife so he’s controlling the time frame.
Sometimes officers can’t create time or distance.”

Beck said the timeline was based on preliminary interviews, and the department’s Force Investigation Division will conduct an exhaustive probe. The three officers involved in the shooting have been temporarily reassigned during the investigation. Jamines’ neighbors described him as being drunk but not dangerous.

“Killing a drunk isn’t right,” said Jamines’ cousin Juan Jaminez, 38, a day laborer. He and others said Jamines was a friendly, hardworking man who liked to drink on the weekends but
wasn’t violent.

Jamines had a wife and three children — ages 13, 6 and 8 — in his hometown of Mazatenango, Guatemala, his cousin said.

He came to the United States six years ago to find work as a day laborer and spent most of his time looking for jobs in the parking lot of the Home Depot a block away.

“The officer who did this should be subject to discipline and a thorough investigation,” said Juan Flores, 39, a cook at a downtown restaurant who knew Jamines. “We want to know, is he on vacation or is he fired?”

Flores said the officers should have used a non-lethal weapon to subdue Jamines.

Beck said the officer who shot Jamines had no baton or stun gun with him.  He said bicycle officers frequently do not carry the selection of non-lethal weapons found in patrol cars.
On Tuesday evening, dozens of people lit prayer candles at the site where Jamines was killed.

Demonstrators had hung posters with Spanish slogans that said: “The people demand accountability,” “No more murders,” and “The police murdered a day laborer and we demand justice.”

Juana Neri, 57, a Mexican immigrant housewife who lives nearby, pushed her grocery bag in a baby stroller past the corner where Jamines was killed.

“It’s bad, what the police did, but what’s worse is the silly stuff that people were doing here,” she said, referring to Monday’s violence. “We are not in our country, and with the problems that Hispanic immigrants have these days, it’s better not to cause problems.”

Lt. Andrew Neiman said Monday’s peaceful candlelight vigil escalated to violence because a group handing out fliers for the Revolutionary Communist Party rallied the crowd with a bullhorn until the police declared an unlawful assembly.

“They were antagonistic, vocal and derogatory to the police,” Neiman said. “They tie themselves to immigrants’ rights protests, and people who live there say they’re not from the community.”

A telephone listing for the Revolutionary Communist Party could not be found.

Beck said the brawling was caused by several factors.

“First, we understand this is an emotional issue and we need to get the facts out. Second, there’s the outside agitators. And finally, it was the third day of a three-day weekend and some people in the crowd had been drinking,” he said.

The police union issued a statement Tuesday calling the shooting a “tragic incident” and saying community activists were trying to stir up controversy.

“Getting drunk and threatening bystanders and then LAPD officers with a knife is dangerous and self-destructive in any language,” the Los Angeles Police Protective League’s statement
said. “This was not and should not be a controversial shooting.”

MacArthur Park was the site of a May 1, 2007, clash in which police officers pummeled immigration rights marchers and reporters with batons and shot rubber bullets into the crowd. Dozens of protesters and journalists were injured. Police said it began with
a group of “agitators” outside the park throwing objects at officers.

The embarrassing incident cost the city more than $13 million in lawsuit settlements. Police were retrained on crowd control, forming skirmish lines, using batons in a crowd and using
extraction teams to identify and arrest violent demonstrators.

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Comments (19)
  1. lisalisa says:

    Stupid is and stupid does.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Get these communist out of America, they are inciting violence.

  3. ryan says:

    this guy was threatening people with the knife, it was bloody because he cut a pregnant lady and others, this was justice, a man like that should be stopped, lapd did right!!!

  4. Rod says:

    Justified. Protesters just as stupid as the deceased!

  5. jim says:

    Maybe it’s long past the time to bring in ICE and solve the problems in that neighborhood once and for all.

  6. jim says:

    As for the Communist Agitators, acting with deliberate intent to overthrow the government of the United States is treason so they should just be shot.

  7. JR says:


  8. GC1008 says:

    Obviously Juan Flores isn’t the kind of person who’s interested in facts. He just wants to blame the po-lice. Kife, blood… can you spell DANGEROUS. iI’m glad the officers are okay. People are behind you, LAPD.

  9. JC says:

    Only in America can you have illegal aliens criminals holding an American city hostage. Thank you, to all Liberals.

  10. K Kong says:

    It’s time for you “journalists” to stop covering this story as being about a community “defending” itself and call it what it is: a bunch of scofflaws attacking the LAPD because they can and YOU provide them with a platform to gain sympathy.

  11. Bayway35 says:

    Call in the U.S. Marines

  12. eduardo says:

    all we are doing is creating ismore problems and a worse image for our selves withh all these pretest. this incident should be settled in a civilized maner.
    i understand why the officer made his decision and i believe he did the right decision. tho one thing i have a problem with is the fact that the officer wasnt carrying a tasser or any other non lethal weapon, i mean is the offiser going to be foced when ever a situation of danger arises?

  13. eduardo says:

    if some one who knows martial arts and atacks the oficer will the officer shoot the person? after all at times agresion by a person that can use their hands as weapons would be considered as a threat to the officer. i think newregulations should be made as to what equipment officers should carry, im sure carrying a taser as well as the gun wouldnt be much hazel for officers

  14. PC says:

    Uh…you think if the MEDIA got the heck out of the area, mayyyyybe these people would DISPERSE??

  15. good says:

    these people are protesting because a drunk with a knife charged a cop and the cop acted in self defense

    i don’t understand the logic behind these people, if someone came running at me with a knife i’d shoot him too

  16. Macarthur Pride says:

    THANK GOD the LAPD were there before the DRUNK with a KNIFE stabbed an INNOCENT PERSON…Really Macarthur Park?!?! You’re PROTESTING against the COPS that probably SAVED your LOVED ONES from an OBVIOUS THREAT IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD?! Oh that’s right, there are some people in my neighborhood are ignorant and don’t even know why they are out there…THANK YOU TO THE PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED THE COMMUNITY MEETING, and EDUCATING THEMSELVES about what REALLY HAPPENED and not just acting stupid out in the streets.

    OH BY THE WAY….When the cops say, “Drop the Knife.” DO IT! They aren’t joking. IF YOU GET SHOT BECAUSE YOU DON’T DO THAT, ITS YOUR FAULT.


  17. good says:

    Call immigration, its a perfect time to get them all, they all rounded themselves up on 6th street

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